Of course, a cocoon is the existence which a caterpillar takes on in order to become a butterfly. The New Testament church was a cocoon. That is, the structure of church that we see in the New Testament was the form through which God’s administration of the ancient nation of Israel was transformed into the kingdom of God.
God had used Moses to establish the multiplied descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob into the nation of Israel. Once Israel’s greatest son, Jesus of Nazareth, was raised from the dead, God used the church as a transitional structure to give people time to adjust to the kingdom of God which the resurrected Jesus was bringing to earth when He returned as Almighty God (i.e. “in the glory of His Father”).
God always gives transition times. It takes time for night to turn into day, and for day to become night. There’s a transition between each of the four seasons. God always gives us time to adjust. Ancient Israel was a nation of sacrifice, ritual, and laws. It dealt with matters of the flesh. The kingdom of God was an entirely invisible kingdom of spiritual realities. It would deal with matters of the heart. Therefore, the brief church age was inserted between the much longer age of Israel and the eternal age of the kingdom of God. Consider it a period of adjustment.
Since the kingdom of God arrived at the end of New Testament days, there is no longer any need for the cocoon. Even so, we have pastors of empty cocoons all over the world today, presumably waiting on a Jesus who has already come into His glory! They imitate the New Testament church only in its most superficial aspects. When the butterfly comes, the cocoon should be abandoned.
Ancient Israel was a caterpillar – it could only crawl. The kingdom of God is a butterfly – it can fly! Forget the caterpillar, forget the cocoon, seek the butterfly (Matthew 6:33)
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